Movies like Affliction

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Affliction (1997)
 7.0
 15K
Affliction (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A small town policeman must investigate a suspicious hunting accident. The investigation and other events result in his slowly disintegrating mentally.
Style: bleak, rough, gloomy, psychological, atmospheric, touching, serious, captivating, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: small town, small town life, dysfunctional family, murder, alcohol abuse, snow, halloween, domestic violence, arson, machismo, abusive father, sheriff, crimes, crime, self destructing, haunted by the past, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, graphic violence, mystery, addiction, family problems, couples, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new hampshire, usa

Most similar movies to Affliction

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, psychological and complex films with plots about murder, crimes, dialogue, storytelling, redemption, death and police investigation mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres. Some movies like Affliction: Dolores Claiborne (1995), Firecracker (2005), Lone Star (1996), Winter's Bone (2010), Awakened (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Dolores Claiborne (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Dolores Claiborne was accused of killing her abusive husband twenty years ago, but the court's findings were inconclusive and she was allowed to walk free. Now she has been accused of killing her employer, Vera Donovan, and this time there is a ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense, enigmatic ...
Plot: domestic violence, maid, dysfunctional family, murder, investigation, child abuse, island, abusive husband, anger, incest, mystery, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.4
 899
Firecracker (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A tale of murder in small-town Kansas. When Jimmy is lured away from his abusive family by a traveling sideshow carnival, he encounters Sandra, one of the main attractions. The happiness they find together causes them to confront the darkness in ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, murder, small town, mystery, psychopath, friendship, mental illness, haunted by the past, family problems, life is a bitch, crimes, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 7.4
 27K
Lone Star (1996)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.
Style: twists and turns, touching, tense, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: sheriff, murder, police investigation, haunted by the past, investigation, mystery, crimes, crime, law enforcement, parents and children, uncover truth, intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, southern usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 7.2
 133K
Winter's Bone (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: 17 year-old Ree Dolly sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin's code of silence and ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, bleak, rough, serious ...
Plot: missing person, poverty, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family relations, small town, family problems, realism, social relations, bail, girl, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: missouri, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
Movie in collections
 3.5
 370
Awakened (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Samantha believes that her father murdered her mother. In her exhausting search for the truth about her young mother's untimely death 14 years earlier, Samantha receives help from beyond the grave.
Style: twists and turns, tense, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Plot: supernatural, uncover truth, murder, investigation, crimes, parents and children, mystery, haunted by the past, small town life, small town, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
The Crossing Guard (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After his daughter died in a hit and run, Freddy Gale has waited six years for John Booth, the man responsible, to be released from prison. On the day of release, Gale visits Booth and announces that he will kill him in one week. Booth uses his time ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological, bleak, intense ...
Plot: murder, obsession, haunted by the past, revenge, vengeance, redemption, tragedy, crimes, rivalry, life is a bitch, hopes, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: nebraska, usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
The Indian Runner (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 127 min.
Story: An intensely sad film about two brothers who cannot overcome their opposite perceptions of life. One brother sees and feels bad in everyone and everything, subsequently he is violent, antisocial and unable to appreciate or enjoy the good things ...
Style: psychological, realistic, emotional, rough, serious ...
Plot: small town, pregnancy, vietnam war, human nature, family problems, brother brother relationship, arson, vandalism, murder, crime, crimes, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, ohio, asia, vietnam, nebraska
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Skeletons in the Closet (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A father suspects his son to be a murderer...or is he just paranoid and trying to cover up his own past which involves his wife being killed in a fire?
Style: psychological, bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: serial killer, murder, haunted by the past, investigation, uncover truth, mysterious character, mind game, law enforcement, deadly, single parent, who done it, psychopath ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Movie in collections
In My Father's Den (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: New Zealand, UK
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Paul (Macfadyen), a prize-winning war journalist, returns to his remote New Zealand hometown due to the death of his father, battle-scarred and world-weary. For the discontented sixteen-year-old Celia (Barclay) he opens up a world she has only ...
Style: serious, psychological, emotional, talky, touching ...
Plot: disappearance, homecoming, journalism, society, haunted by the past, doubts and hesitations, mystery, self discovery, love story, small town, betrayal, existentialism ...
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 7.0
 22K
Get Low (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA, Germany, Poland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party... while he was still alive.
Style: touching, emotional, psychological, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: funeral director, solitude, gossip and rumors, uncover truth, haunted by the past, oldtimer, dealing with death, life is a bitch, mysterious character, unfulfillment, small town life, social relations ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, year 1938, 1920s
Place: tennessee, usa, appalachia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
City by the Sea (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A man struggling to come to terms with the sins of his father makes the terrible discovery that his own son has fallen into a life of crime in a drama based on a true story. Vincent LaMarca is a dedicated and well-respected New York City police ...
Style: serious, intense, twists and turns, emotional, talky ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, crime, crimes, homicide detective, parents and children, family problems, haunted by the past, father son relationship, drugs/alcohol, family relations, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 5.1
 229
Interstate 84 (2000)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: When a body is found floating in an upstate New York river, hard-drinking cop Joe Weldon is left with few clues. After uncovering the man's identity - an enigmatic simpleton named Hap - Weldon is led to the crooked hustler who took advantage of ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: introspection, murder, uncover truth, life is a bitch, police investigation, crimes, small town life, law enforcement, misfit, alcohol abuse, addiction, mysterious character ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: 48 hours in the life of a burnt-out paramedic. Once called Father Frank for his efforts to rescue lives, Frank sees the ghosts of those he failed to save around every turn. He has tried everything he can to get fired, calling in sick, delaying ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: hallucination, redemption, coma, hospital, rescue, ambulance, patient, haunted by the past, misfit partners, dealing with death, death, violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 7.2
 267K
Insomnia (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, dark, tense, psychological ...
Plot: neo noir, police investigation, insomnia, murder, guilt, fbi, investigator, police corruption, small town, police detective, snow, blackmail ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: alaska, usa, los angeles, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 6.6
 14K
The Dead Girl (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect.
Style: psychological, disturbing, bleak, suspenseful, contemplative ...
Plot: investigation, murder, missing person, uncover truth, newspaper, family relations, life is a bitch, prostitute, forensics, mystery, vandalism, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 8.0
 85K
Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: touching, bleak, rough, sincere, serious ...
Plot: mentally challenged, murder, friendship, death threat, redemption, family relations, small town, crimes, parents and children, haunted by the past, human nature, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
The Minus Man (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The Minus Man is a 1999 film based on the novel by Lew McCreary. It was directed by Hampton Fancher, who also wrote the screenplay. The film centers on a psychotic killer whom Fancher describes as "a cross between Psycho's Norman Bates, ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, clever, gloomy, offbeat ...
Plot: serial killer, small town, drugs/alcohol, psychopath, crimes, dangerous attraction, couples, deadly, violence, murder, death, pickle ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: oregon, vancouver british columbia canada, vancouver
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
Everybody Wins (1990)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A seemingly good Samaritan hires a private detective to prove a teen sitting in prison on a murder charge is innocent. His investigation discovers deep corruption in a Connecticut town and finds the woman isn't everything she is pretending to ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, gloomy, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: femme fatale, small town, private detective, frame up, uncover truth, crimes, legal investigation, life is a bitch, protagonist as suspect, mystery, law enforcement, small town life ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: connecticut, new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 101K
Stoker (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
Style: psychological, bleak, gothic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: mysterious character, family relations, antisocial behavior, under the surface, masturbation, family problems, danger, parents and children, youth, estate, graphic violence, funeral ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 6.8
 52K
The Pledge (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A police chief about to retire pledges to help a woman find her daughter's killer. Based on a story by Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt.
Style: twists and turns, bleak, serious, enigmatic, intense ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, murder mystery, promise, crimes, mystery, small town, obsession, track down, law enforcement, justice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
Heaven's Prisoners (1996)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A hardened New Orleans cop, Dave Robicheaux, finally tosses in the badge and settles into life on the bayou with his wife. But a bizarre plane crash draws him back into the fray when his family is viciously threatened.
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, adoption, confession, crime, crimes, police investigation, vengeance, law enforcement, investigation, danger, swamp, orphan ...
Time: 90s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
The Caveman's Valentine (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In this spine-tingling and visually stunning thriller, Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Unbreakable, Shaft, Pulp Fiction delivers a "full-throttle performance" (People) as Romulus Ledbetter, a misunderstood musician turned ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, intense ...
Plot: mental illness, interracial relations, murder, mystery, investigation, crimes, deadly, life is a bitch, parents and children, father daughter relationship, murder investigation, schizophrenia ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.9
 5K
Cutter's Way (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter.
Style: captivating, tense, serious, twists and turns, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder, false accusation, alcohol abuse, veteran, dishonesty, crimes, murder mystery, investigation, revenge, neo noir, arson, conspiracy ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, california, asia, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Movie in collections
 4.7
 396
Deadline (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Deadline is the story of the murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama that has gone uninvestigated, unsolved, and unpunished for almost twenty years. That changes when Nashville Times reporter Matt Harper (Steve Talley) meets an ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: uncover truth, investigation, price of justice, family relations, injustice, idealism, dishonesty, parents and children, life is a bitch, hopes, interracial relations, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, alabama, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Before and After (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two parents deal with the effects when their son is accused of murdering his girlfriend.
Style: serious, suspenseful, suspense, melancholic, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, small town, investigation, parents and children, teenage life, family problems, mystery, accidental death, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, murder investigation, family relations, car trouble ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 6.8
 48K
U Turn (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When Bobby's car breaks down in the desert while on the run from some of the bookies who have already taken two of his fingers, he becomes trapped in the nearby small town where the people are stranger than anyone he's encountered. After ...
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, intense, sexy ...
Plot: small town, neo noir, desert, money, on the run, mechanic, betrayal, murder, wilderness, femme fatale, drifter, robbery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: arizona, usa, phoenix arizona, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 6.7
 9K
Obsession (1976)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Orleans businessman Michael Courtland’s life is shattered when his wife and daughter are tragically killed in a botched kidnap rescue attempt. Many years later whilst visiting Italy he meets and falls in in love with Sandra Portinari, who ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating, twists and turns ...
Plot: ransom, obsession, kidnapping, crimes, couple relations, dangerous attraction, mistaken identity, chase, disorder, rescue, haunted by the past, missing person ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1959, year 1975, 50s ...
Place: usa, italy, florence, europe, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 7.9
 410K
Mystic River (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: psychological, tense, bleak, emotional, contemplative ...
Plot: vengeance, police investigation, child abuse, death in the family, sexual abuse, neo noir, child molestation, child rape, pedophilia, loss of daughter, murder, vigilantism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 70s, 1960s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Mortal Thoughts (1991)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A loathsome man ends up dead, but it's not clear who's to blame. If ever a person got what he deserved, it's James Urbanksi, an abusive drunk who steals from his wife, Joyce, and promises her close friend Cynthia Kellogg that ...
Style: psychological, clever, suspenseful, tense, stylized ...
Plot: investigation, murder, crime gone awry, betrayal, mystery, crimes, crime, police investigation, unlikely criminals, crumbling marriage, law enforcement, friendship ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 7.6
 245K
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that ...
Style: twist ending, disturbing, suspenseful, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: kidnapping, investigation, disappearance, pedophile, private detective, tragic event, life is a bitch, crimes, neo noir, conspiracy, missing child, peril ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%